Good morning, this is Topher from
Washington Church of Christ bringing you your Message Minute.
Last night was a tough 1 point loss for the Hatchets in the sectional
basketball tournament. My heart goes out
to those students, parents, and coaches that gave it their all. My highschool sports career saw many ups and
downs playing baseball, wrestling, and serving from 1st seed on the
tennis team. My favorite memory was a
sectional tennis tournament on my birthday where I received a standing ovation
from the crowd of coaches, parents, and players who gathered to watch an epic battle.
Even though I lost my best match 19 years ago ending my highschool career, I
look back with fondness on the memory because
of the wisdom I’ve gained. I know now
that how I played, how I shook hands, and the relationships I made during the
season, meant so much more than the score of that match. It's nice to be the winner, but no one wins
all the time, and over time, most of us do realize there's a whole lot more
important things to dwell on than winning and losing.
As a dad who still plays and coaches competitive
sports, I know that I won't win them all.
But I take special comfort in a Psalm that helps carry my through when the
losses come. Psalm 37:23-24 says,
"The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in the
Lord’s way, though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds
his hand. "
Above all the winning and losing, focus on
delighting on the Lord, and the God we created heaven and earth will pick you
up when you fall.
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